Sweet Passion

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Sweet Passion
Aretha Sweet Passion Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Aretha Franklin
Released May 19, 1977
Recorded 1976–1977
Genre R&B, Soul
Length 32:51
Label Atlantic (#19102)
Producer Lamont Dozier, Marvin Hamlisch and Carole Bayer Sager
Aretha Franklin chronology
Sweet Passion
Almighty Fire
Singles from Sweet Passion
  1. "Break It To Me Gently"
    Released: April 9, 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]

Sweet Passion is the twenty-sixth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on May 19, 1977 by Atlantic Records. Following a brief resurgence in Aretha's sales with the Gold-certified success of her 1976 soundtrack album, Sparkle, Aretha paired up with famed Motown producer Lamont Dozier, to produce Sweet Passion. It was, however, a commercial and critical failure. The album's one single, "Break It To Me Gently", peaked at #85 and dropped off the Hot 100 after only two weeks, although it topped the Billboard R&B Singles Chart. This recording was released on compact disc in Europe in 2008.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[edit]

  1. "Break It To Me Gently" (Marvin Hamlisch, Carole Bayer Sager) 3:21 (#1 R&B/85 Pop)
  2. "When I Think About You" (Aretha Franklin) 4:46
  3. "What I Did for Love" (Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban) 5:17
  4. "No One Could Ever Love You More" (Lamont Dozier) 3:36
  5. "A Tender Touch" (Aretha Franklin) 3:58

Side Two[edit]

  1. "Touch Me Up" (Lamont Dozier) 4:38
  2. "Sunshine Will Never Be The Same" (Lamont Dozier) 3:36
  3. "Meadows of Springtime" (Aretha Franklin) 5:26
  4. "Mumbles / I've Got the Music in Me" (Clark Terry, Aretha Franklin, Bias Boshell) 3:40
  5. "Sweet Passion" (Aretha Franklin) 7:12



  1. ^ Sweet Passion review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-04-28.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Sweet Passion review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2015-04-28. 

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